2 Week – Dovetail Log Building Course $1800
April 8-19, 2019: $1800
Dovetail log construction takes its name from the shape of the interlocking corner notches. The dovetail notch is recognized for its classic form but also known for its locking strength and efficiency of design. Though the Dovetail is a very old log building technique, it is still very much alive at the BC School of Log Building because it is still a practical and efficient way to build beautiful, enduring houses. Through years of dovetail experience we have developed an effective and efficient 10 step process to laying out and cutting dovetailed logs. This process results in a tighter, more aesthetically pleasing log shell than can be attained using any one of the available dovetail jigs. We believe it is important to learn the layout techniques and mechanics behind each individual notch to truly master the art of dovetailing.
This course will cover the following through a hands-on approach, while working on a full scale log cabin:
- Tools of the trade talk
- Safe log building techniques
- Chainsaw skills development for the log builder
- What makes a good building log
- Log house design
- Preparing the timber for a dovetail log house
- Timber surfacing options
- Determining suitable timber size for your own project
- Laying out a traditional half dovetail notch
- Shaping the notch, using our efficient and repeatable cutting techniques
- Laying out and preparing the first round
- Door and window openings
- Installing loft beams
- Pegging and shimming the logs for lateral and shear stability.
- Laying out and preparing ridge pole and purlins
- Chinking the log shell
For maximum learning outcomes, we recommend taking the most comprehensive course that your schedule will allow.
However if you are unable to attend the 2 week Dovetail course than you may want to consider our 3 Day (Fri Sat Sun) – Introduction to Dovetail Log Building Course